In 1982, Partner Joan M. Hall became the first female chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. That same year, she was the fourth woman elected as a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers. From 1985 to1991, she served on the ABA’s Federal Judiciary Committee. After retiring from the practice of law, she went on to be the founder and president of the Board of Directors of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago. The only all-girls charter public school in the city, the school opened in 2000.